Madars Razma to start the European Tour 2019


The European Tour is back and it begins in Leverkusen. The tour will visit Germany, Austria, Holland, Denmark, the Czech Republic and Gibraltar this year.

But, just as mentioned, it starts today in the German, and there are several interesting names at today’s program that do not offer the top 16 of the Pro Tour’s Order of Merit, as they first enter in the second round, which starts tomorrow.

Among other things, the entire tournament is being started by Justin Pipe. He will go up against Ryan Meikle.

The representative from the PDC Nordic & Baltic region is Madars Razma. He will go up against Matthew Dennant today. The Latvian did well two weeks ago in Denmark, and was also quite close to qualify for the European Tour 3 and 4 in the European Qualification last weekend. So it seems like he will come in good shape for this weekend.

The eveningsession include names like Krzystof Ratajski, Jeffrey de Zwaan, Kim Huybrechts, Mervyn King and Dimitri van den Bergh.

The two most interesting names from tonight’s matches though, are, Glen Durrant and Raymond van Barneveld.

Glen Durrant has never before played on the European stage as he previously played in the BDO. Not only will this be his first European Tour, it will also be his first tournament as a full-time professional, as he stopped in his civil job earlier this week. He will be up against Michael Rosenauer tonight. Not the worst draw for Glen Durrant, who has already qualified for the German Darts Grand Prix next month.

Raymond van Barneveld is back on the European stage. The Dutchman has not participated in a tournament on the European Tour since 2017.
He will go up against Steve Beaton tonight. Historically, the Dutchman have been good against the ‘Bronzed Adonis’, although Steve Beaton snatched the victory in their recent match against each other. Raymond van Barneveld, however, has shown over the past week that he can still participate at the highest level, which he did as late as yesterday, when he got the season’s first victory in the Premier League.

The entire first day of the European Darts Open will be shut down by Wayne Jones, who is going up against Dutch Vincent van der Voort.

All matches can be seen on PDC.tv from one o’clock. In addition, you can get an overview of all matches below.

 

Schedule of Play
Friday March 22
First Round
Afternoon Session (1300)  

Justin Pipe v Ryan Meikle
Pavel Jirkal v William Borland
Matthew Dennant v Madars Razma
Fabian Herz v Scott Taylor
Ross Smith v Ricky Williams
Adam Hunt v Danny van Trijp
Ted Evetts v Martin Atkins (Leeds)
Wesley Plaisier v Jyhan Artut

Evening Session (1915)
Matthew Edgar v Krzysztof Ratajski
Jeffrey de Zwaan v Josh Payne
Kim Huybrechts v Nico Kurz
Jason Wilson v Mervyn King
Michael Rosenauer v Glen Durrant
Ritchie Edhouse v Dimitri Van den Bergh
Steve Beaton v Raymond van Barneveld
Wayne Jones v Vincent van der Voort

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Marko Kantele continued his good weekend

Marko Kantele reached the third round again un Sunday.

Just as Saturday, Marko Kantele managed to reach the third round on Sunday, at Players Championship 8. He started of by winning 6-2 in the first round against Gavin Carlin.

In the second round he had to go up against Ryan Meikle, just as the day before. This time Meikle won one more leg, than he did Saturday, meaning Marko Kantele won 6-3.

However, Robert Marijanovic became to much in the third round. Marko had his opportunities, but in the end Marijanovic won the game by 6-5.

Madars Razma also had a great day in Wigan at Sunday. After beating Luke Humphries by 6-5 in the first round, he won by 6-5 again in the second round against Steve Lennon. Madars Razma averaged impressive 102,6 in this match.

Unfortunately the Latvian, just as Marko Kantele, could not get through the third round, as he lost 6-1 against Cristo Reyes.

Darius Labanauskas lost already in the first round, as he was beaten 6-5 by Max Hopp. The German started the math with some incredible play, and with averaged above 100 he quickly got ahead by 3-0. Darius Labanauskas got back in the match, but at the score 5-5, Max Hopp pulled a 107,4 average to secure the match.

The tournament was won by Adrian Lewis. The win, was his first title in about two years. To make it more nostalgic, it was Raymond van Barneveld he did beat in the final by 8-3, when he averaged 101,1.

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Marko Kantele did good at Players Championship 7

Marko Kantele was the best PDCNB-player at Saturday in Wigan.

Players Championship 7 was held today in Wigan, as Dave Chisnall won the tournament. Thus he has won two tournaments this year.

Just like in the first six Players Championships, Darius Labanauskas, Madars Razma and Marko Kantele represented the PDC Nordic & Baltic region.

Darius Labanauskas lost 6-5 in the first round against Harry Ward, even though he averaged a good 91,8 against the 89,5 from Harry Ward.

Madars Razma got through to the second round, as he won 6-5 in the first round against Barrie Bates. In the second round though, he lost by the same numbers against Jermaine Wattimena. But it is worth to mention, that Madars averaged abobe 90 in both matches.

Marko Kantele got the best result today, as he reached the third round. In the first round he averaged impressing 101, as he beat Adrian Gray by 6-1. In the second round he went a little down the averaging-ladder, as he averaged 92 against Ryan Meikle. The still good average was enough to win by impressing 6-2.

In the third round Ron Meulenkamp became to much and won by 6-4, even though Marko Kantele started good and was up by 2-0 and 3-2. But still a very good day for Marko Kantele.

The winner, Dave Chisnall, won 8-6 against Daryl Gurney in the final and averaged 101,22 throughout the entire tournament.

Tomorrow the Players Championship 8 will be held.

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Dennis Nilsson won his second Pro Tour overall

Photo by: Mads Magnussen/PDC Nordic & Baltic

Dennis Nilsson had great success today, as he won two tournaments.

Dennis Nilsson now has one more PDCNB Pro Tour title to his name, after he won Pro Tour 4 today. He had a good run throughout the entire tournament, which also had other great matches.

In the first round Steen Lysen, who played quite well yesterday, drew Kim Viljanen. And even though both players averaged just about 82, Kim Viljanen won the match by 6-2.

Kim Viljanen’s day in the tournament stopped though in the next round, as he was whitewashed by Dennis Nilsson 6-0.

Marko Kantele and yesterday’s ET-qualifier Cor Dekker also had to admit, that they had been beaten in the second round.

In the third round Daniel Larsson missed a handful of match darts and lost 6-5 to Brian Løkken. Per Laursen was also thrown out of the tournament in this round, as he lost 6-1 to Vladimir Andersen, who played with a 94,7 average.

Without some big surprises, Dennis Nilsson and Madars Razma reached the semi-finals, where they would meet Darius Labanauskas and Ulf Ceder.

Madars Razma impressed in his semi-final with a 170-checkout and won the match by 6-1, just as Dennis Nilsson won 6-2 against Darius Labanauskas.

In the final another 170 checkout was made. This time by Dennis Nilsson, who brought himself up by 3-2 with the big checkout.
The two of them kept the pressure on each other, so when Madars Razma missed two match darts, it was no problem for Dennis Nilsson to check out 76.

Therefore Dennis Nilsson could celebrate his first Pro Tour win since 2017.

The success continued for Dennis Nilsson, as he qualified for the Danish Darts Open.

Photo by: Brian Odsgaard/PDC Nordic & Baltic

Because the tournament is in Denmark, the PDC Nordic & Baltic have five entries to the tournament. Therefore Teuvo Haverinnen also qualified for the event.

The three last entries, will go to the best PDCNB-player on the Order of Merit at the 17. of May and two Danes. The qualification for the Danes will take place the 13. of June, the day before Danish Darts Open starts.

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More prize money for the young lads at the Development Tour

Viktor Tingström was the main character from the PDC Nordic & Baltic region in the Development Tour 3. The young Swede won his first two matches and reached the round of the last 64. Unfortunately he ran into later quarter-finalist Ciaran Teehan and lost 4-0.
But still a really good result for Viktor, who, just like Anton Resell and Oskar Vagberg, is at the Development Tour for the very first time.

About being at the Development Tour for the first time, Viktor says:

It was great. It was a different kind of tournament and you noticed that already when you walked through the door.”

Making it to the last 64 is really pleasing. Making it that far with players of that caliber is something to be proud of,” Viktor Tingström concludes.

Anton Resell lost his first game 4-1, but Oskar Vagberg managed to win his first game, and then losing his second, even though he averaged acceptable 72,1.

Hampus Norrström won his first match, just as Oskar Vagberg. Unfortunately he had to go op against Bradley Brooks in the second round and lost 4-0.

The two Danes Nicolai Rasmussen and Daniel Jensen both did good in their games. Nicolai actually lost his first game, but he averaged 78,4. An average he did not reach yesterday.

Daniel Jensen did even better averaging 79,1 in his 4-0 victory in the first round. In the second round he lost 4-1, even though he averaged impressing 88,5.

The tournament was won by Ryan Meikle, who won the final by 5-2.

The second tournament of the day, Development Tour 4, was quite successful for the two Danes.

Daniel Jensen and Nicolai Rasmussen both reached the round of the last 64, and therefore they can add another £50 to the Order of Merit.

In the round of the last 128, Nicolai Rasmussen actually was up against Hampus Norrström and won that match by 4-3.

Viktor Tingström also started quite well, as he averaged 71,6 in the first match and won 4-0. Unfortunately his average fell a bit in the second round, resulting in a 4-1 defeat.

Oskar Vagberg also won his first game, but he met his superior in the second round, as Philipp Hagemann averaged impressing 85,9.

Unfortunately it just was not the day for Anton Resell, as he once again lost his first match. But he will undoubtedly come back stronger, as this was his first ever Development Tour weekend.

The tournament was won by Ted Evetts who averaged 90.10 troughout the entire tournament. This was the second tournament win for Ted Evetts this weekend.

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Cor Dekker will go to Europe for the first time

Photo by: Mads Magnussen/PDC Nordic & Baltic

The first Pro Tour of the weekend and the third ET-qualifier has finished.

The two tournaments of the day has finished. It became a victory for Madars Razma in the Pro Tour 3 and a victory for Cor Dekker in the qualification for the European Tour 10.

Pro Tour 3 started with 52 players. Already in the first round Dennis Nilsson had to go up against Ivan Springborg, who he did beat in last nights ET-qualifier. Once again Dennis Nilsson won, this time by 6-1.

In the second round Darius Labanauskas threw Per Laursen out of the tournament with a 6-2 win.

Dennis Nilsson, who also won against Daniel Larsson in the third round, got all the way to the semi-final against Darius Labanauskas. Unfortunately he lost momentum when he was 4-1 up and lost 6-4 against the Lithuanian.

In the second semi-final Madars Razma won by 6-3 against Marko Kantele. Madars Razma only lost 8 legs on his way to the final.

In the final Darius Labanauskas did not hit his regular level, but so did Madars Razma and therefore he won the game by 6-1.

Photo by: Mads Magnussen/PDC Nordic & Baltic

In the ET-qualification Cor Dekker started by beating Niklas Olsson by 6-3. He then beat Vitor Charrua, Per Laursen and Oskar Lukasiak on the way to the final.

In the final he had to go up against Mindaugas Barauskas, who had also shown good figure throughout the tournament.

The two of them followed each other in the beginning of the match, but at the score 2-2 Cor Dekker went a gear up and not long after, he was ahead by 5-2. After that his level fell a little again, and Mindaugas Barauskas took advantage of that and secured himself the next two legs, bringing the score up to 5-4.
Cor Dekker then refound the good level and checked out the 10th leg in 13 darts.

Photo by: Mads Magnussen/PDC Nordic & Baltic

That means, that Cor Dekker will be playing at the European Tour for the first time, as he will be a part of the field at Austran Darts Championship in Vienna.

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Nicolai Rasmussen best Nordic player on Development Tour

Nicolai Rasmussen secured himself £100 today at the Development Tour.

The PDC Nordic & Baltic region was represented in Saturday’s two Development Tours by Denmark’s Daniel Jensen and Nicolai Rasmussen and Sweden’s debutants Hampus Norrström, Anton Resell, Oskar Vagberg and Viktor Tingström.

Development Tour 1 did not bring a lot of success for the six players. None of them made the last 64, which you have to do, in order to secure some prize money for the Order of Merit.

The tournament was won by Ted Evetts who averaged 94,04 throughout the entire tournament.

In Development Tour 2 Hampus Norrstrom won his prelim match with an 85 average only to be drawn against fellow Swede Viktor Tingström in the first round. Viktor won match with both commenting on how hard it was to play each other.
Viktor lost 4-1 in the next round to Cameron Doyle.

Anton Resell and Oskar Vagberg both lost their first matches in the tournament, and Daniel Jensen lost in his second match.

Nicolai Rasmussen though had a quite good tournament in the afternoon. He reached the last 32 before losing 4-2 against Metthew Holbrook. Nicolai Rasmussen averaged 73,86 throughout his four matches, with 75,3 being the highest against Rhys Julian.

The tournament was won by Nathan Rafferty, who won 5-2 in the final against Aiden Cope.

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Double up for Sweden at day one

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The first day of the weekend is done. It means Dennis Nilsson and Daniel Larsson will be up for European Tour.

Two qualifications for the European Tour were played today and they were won by Dennis Nilsson and Daniel Larsson.

Dennis Nilsson started the first tournament by winning against Jesper Skovgaard with the numbers 6-0. After that he won against Andreas Harrysson and Pauli Finnilä, before going up against Ivan Springborg in the final.

Ivan did bring himself up by 4-0 before Dennis won his first leg. Afterwards Ivan did not win a single leg, and therefore Dennis Nilsson won the final by 6-4.

That means Dennis Nilsson will be participating at Dutch Darts Masters in Zwolle.

Daniel Larsson won the secound qualifier, even though he played the tournament without his own darts. Due to a security-issue the personal at Kastrup Airport would not open in to the bagage because of the heavy wind. Therefore a group of Swedish players had to play without own darts, nor shirts.

Photo by: Mads Magnussen/PDC Nordic & Baltic

But that was obviously not a problem for Daniel Larsson, who started by beating Mindaugas Barauskas 6-2 in the first round. Then he won against Andreas Toft Jørgensen, before averaging impressive 102,9 in his victory against Jesper Skovgaard.

He then won against Niels Jørgen Hansen in the semi-final, before winning the final by 6-3 against Johan Engström with impressive 101,8 in average.

Photo by: Mads Magnussen/PDC Nordic & Baltic

Daniel Larsson will therefore be participating at Czech Darts Open in June.

 

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We’re going to Cophenhagen for the Pro Tour 3 and 4

This weekend the second PDCNB-weekend will be held in Copenhagen.

It’s time for the second PDCNB-weekend and we will see 58 different players compete throughout the weekend.

The whole thing takes places in Slangerup Dartclub, just outside of Copenhagen.

As always, there will be held three qualifications for the European Tour and two Pro Tour events. But the weekend will also have a fourth qualification, more precisely the qualification for Danish Darts Open for the NON-danish players.

Some of the players in action this weekend will be our three Tour Card holders in Madars Razma, Darius Labanauskas and Marko Kantele.

We will also see the see some of the players, who have competed on the Challenge Tour in Dennis Nilsson, Ivan Springborg, Niels Heinsøe, Niels-Jørgen Hansen, Mindaugas Barauskas and Pauli Finnilä. Only player missing from the “Challenge Tour-group” will be Aegir Björnsson.

Other interesting names this weekend are Per Laursen, Brian Løkken, Daniel Larsson, Andreas Harrysson, Cor Dekker, Kim Viljanen, Ulf Ceder and Vitor Charrua.

You can see the exact program for the weekend, and the participating players below. And remember you can follow all the matches on Dartconnect and some of the matches on livestream on our Facebook page and the Facebook page of Live Darts Iceland.

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Nathan Aspinall sensationally won UK Open

UK Open 2019 was won by Nathan Aspinall in convincing style.

If anyone had mentioned Nathan Aspinall as the winner of the UK Open when the tournament started on Friday, there would probably have been great laughs. If one had mentioned the name again this morning, before the quarter-finals, then the laugh had probably been almost as great. And if one had mentioned it before the final, then the opinion had probably also been met with some raised eyebrows.

Nevertheless, it was the way it all ended for the 27-year-old Englishman. Before today’s final, Aspinall only had a single victory at the Players Championship, a single victory on the Challenge Tour and a single victory on the Development Tour.

Nathan Aspinall started beating Ross Smith in the quarter-finals, averaging just fine with 96.33. Then he had to face Gerwyn Price, who otherwise seemed to be the worst draw, as the Welshman has really been good the last couple of weeks.

Nathan Aspinall, however, started very well, and after seven legs he was ahead by 6-1. Thereafter, Gerwyn Price slowly found his way back into the match, and when the match was nearing its end, Gerwyn Price had played his way up to only be behind by one at the score 10-9. Gerwyn Price even had some opportunities to win the 20th leg, but a missed dart on bullseye became decisive when Nathan Aspinall went to the oche and won the match with a double 14.

In the final, he then faced Rob Cross, which he ended up beating 11-5. Otherwise the match started close, but at the score 2-2 Nathan Aspinall went up a gear and got up by 5-2, and although Rob Cross approached Nathan Aspinall several times, he never got really into the match, and finally Nathan Aspinall could secure the title with a 170-checkout.

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